The roots of Historic Old Annville Day go back to the turn of the twentieth century when the entire town would pack a picnic, hitch a trolley, and celebrate “Annville Day” at Hershey Park. Over time that tradition fell to the wayside but in 1989 Friends of Old Annville, a local nonprofit group, revised the celebration, keeping it in the downtown this time. Today, that same spirit of revelry and town celebration is still embodied. Not only is the event a blast to visit, but the town is amazingly beautiful too – a real winning combination.
One of the greatest aspects of Annville Day is the manner in which the entire town joins in the fun. Like days of ole, Annville shuts down and basically celebrates itself; with good cause too. Local restaurants have great specials and join in on the festival fun. Notably, Kettering Corner – the local ice cream parlor – is the place to go for treats during the festival. Homemade baked goods, hand dipped ice cream, and possibly the most delicious looking fresh fruit cups are available for hungry visitors. Frick’s Bakery – former home of the best Moravian Pies around – is undergoing a municipality sponsored revitalization and is open during the festival.
At Annville Day, historic downtown streets are crowded by throngs of townspeople and stuffed with fun activities. Bagpipers are known to march through the street, while musicians play at the bandstand all day long. At the Historic railroad Station is a model train display fun for people of all ages. There are also children’s events such as games and face painting. Also, don’t forget to buy tickets for the Cash Raffle – held at the bandstand. Lining the streets of the festival are booths hosted by community groups and art booths which showcase work by the areas finest crafters. There is an art show and sale at the Suzanne Arnold Gallery, and the local library hosts a used book sale.
Admission and Parking is free.